In a surprising turn of events, Dumisani Muleya, editor of the Independent and chief content officer of Alpha Media Holdings wrote an open letter to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Muleya wrote the letter after Mnangagwa reportedly wrote an 85-page dossier in which he responds to the allegations made against him by Professor Jonathan Moyo. In his own response, Mnangagwa makes allegations against a number of journalists. Part of Muleya’s letter reads:
This brings to me to why I’m writing to you. During the course of my work in the past two weeks, I managed to get from my networks around you the report you wrote and sent to President Robert Mugabe in reply to Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo’s video-documentary presented in the politburo on July 19 alleging you have captured state institutions and Zanu PF structures in a bid to push your leadership succession agenda to be the next leader of your party and president of the country.
Your 85-page report makes interesting reading. It covers so many issues and makes sensational allegations. It’s written in good prose (never mind the poor editing and incoherence in certain parts), with a gripping narrative. I’m not really going to comment on it; it’s not my job.
…The underlying assumption is that I was Moyo’s enemy then, but now I’m his ally. That’s simply untrue, like many other things in your report, but I won’t comment further.
…When it comes to reporting, we do our job professionally and impartially. Our coverage speaks for itself. Ask your contacts in our newsroom (you have many of those); we always insist they must be above the political fray and report factually and fairly.
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